As October draws to an end, the bitter winds are closing in and we’re all missing the summer so there’s no better tonic to our collective seasonal affective disorder than an evening with Swedish sisters First Aid Kit and their sublime set of songs.
Fellow sisters in music The Staves open up the show with some devastatingly beautiful harmonies. Maybe on the surface, they seem polite and polished but there’s sweet subversion in songs like ‘Let Me Down’ and the hilarious highlight of the set, ‘Tired As Fuck’. A cover of Scottish classic ‘Whole of the Moon’, plus some entertaining stage banter impressed the crowd and it was wonderful to see a support act get the quiet respect their songs deserved.
First Aid Kit released their new album Ruins in January and have been touring nonstop ever since, this Edinburgh show being their third visit to Scotland in 2018. Each time their crowds are growing, with all three Scottish dates on this tour instantly selling out. The packed Usher Hall crowd greets the band’s arrival with a lion’s roar, showing just how much love this place has for them.
An early highlight of the set is ‘It’s A Shame’ from Ruins, the darkest and most ambitious album they have released to date. Older sister Johanna seems freer now she’s stepped out from behind the keyboards to play bass, and Klara’s voice is as impressive live as on record.
Before ‘Master Pretender’ Klara yells ‘Let’s get this party started’ and they crack open the Irn Bru, now something of an onstage tradition for the band when they’re in Scotland. As their childhood pictures flash by on the big screen you see the journey the sisters have gone on to get here and you also realize just how young they still are.